1999 All-Anne Arundel County girls track and field team

June 04, 1999|By EDWARD LEE

Girls Performer of the Year

Del'Rhea Godwin, Glen Burnie, senior: Godwin established herself as a triple threat this spring. An All-County selection last year, she grabbed the high-jump crown at every level in which she competed -- 5 feet, 4 inches at the county meet, 5-6.5 in regionals, and 5-6 for the Class 4A state title. In triple jump, Godwin's 35-2 won regionals; she was second at states with a 38-9.75. In long jump, she won regionals (16-10) and was third (18-1.75) at states. Gophers coach Aaron Walker said he was most impressed by Godwin's competitive nature. "She doesn't like to lose. It really bothers her," Walker said. Godwin finished her high school career with six county crowns.

Coach of the Year

Aaron Walker, Glen Burnie: In his 10th year of coaching, Walker helped the Glen Burnie girls team win its first county championship, snapping Old Mill's 17-year grasp on the trophy.

The Gophers, who did not participate in four events at the county meet, still compiled 103 points -- one more than the Patriots and Arundel in their second-place tie. "I went to the counties with no stress, because I didn't think we had the depth to pull it off," he said. "But the girls stepped it up."

It also didn't hurt that he had Godwin, 1998 All-County Performer of the Year Katie Sloan, and 1998 All-County selection Susan Sperduto on his side. "They made my year easy," Walker said.

The girls team

Jacqueline Allen, Old Mill, senior: Allen excelled everywhere the Patriots needed her. The defending county champ in the 100, Allen won the title again with a 12.4 sprint. At regionals, she won the 100 in 12.1 and was second in the long jump (16-6) and triple jump (34-11.25). Allen also won the 200 in 26.6 at the Knights Invite. She will run for Georgia Southern University starting this fall.

Alicia Beard, Old Mill, junior: Although she suffered a partial tear in her left knee at the county indoor championships earlier this year, Beard bypassed surgery to run for Patriots coach Janet Liimatta. She earned Old Mill 20 points in the county championships.

Dawn Belt, Arundel, senior: A captain for three years, Belt demonstrated her versatility for coach Ira Queen. She was a member of relay teams that won the 400 (49.4), the 800 (1: 44.9), and the 1,600 (4: 07.1) at the Meade Stampede. Belt also won the long jump and helped the relay team win the 400 at the Anne Arundel Relays. Belt will run next for Morgan State University.

Markisha Bennett, Arundel, senior: The repeat All-County athlete was a big reason the Wildcats took second in the county meet. Bennett won the 200 in 25.2 seconds and the 400 in 58.1 seconds. She continued her heroics at the regionals, where she won the 200 (25.1) and the 400 (59). Bennett also participated in the 400 and 1,600 relay teams, which went undefeated in the counties and regionals. She will run for South Carolina State.

Kim Friday, Severna Park, junior: Friday, an All-Metro selection last year, ran through an injured right knee during the county championships and a sore back before the regionals. She did not defend her county crown in the 200 this spring, opting to run the 400, 800, and a 3,200-relay leg. Friday was second in the 400 at counties (58.1) and regionals (59.9).

Erin Masterson, Annapolis, sophomore: The indoor state champ at 800 proved just as successful outdoors. Masterson won the 800 in 2: 22.5 at the county meet and in 2: 23.3 at the regional level. She also captured the 1,600 in 5: 19.9 at the counties and in 5: 19.5 at the regionals.

Jen Silva, Severna Park, senior: Silva used her 5-10 frame to her advantage, taking the county pole vault title with an 8-0 vault and the regional crown with an 8-6 mark. She barely missed 9-0 at the regionals. Last year, the Falcons' pole vaulter had consistently hit 7-6 mark but cleared 8-0 just once.

Katie Sloan, Glen Burnie, senior: Last year's Performer of the Year continued her mastery this spring. Sloan, an All-Metro selection last year who co-captained the Gophers with Sperduto, won the 3,200 at the county (11: 35.5) and regional (11: 52.6) meets. She was fourth at states, but the Richmond-bound athlete ended high school with seven regional, six county, and three state titles.

Susan Sperduto, Glen Burnie, senior: The four-year starter demonstrated why she is the county's best discus thrower and shot-putter. At the county meet, Sperduto, an All-County athlete last year, won the discus (102-0) and the shot put (34-1). At regionals, she won the discus (104-7.5) and was third in the shot put (32-7). Sperduto was third in the shot put and fourth in the discus at the states. Ending high school with six county titles, Sperduto will go to Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Eva Tukarski, Arundel, sophomore: Once again, Tukarski reigned as the county's top hurdler. The 5-11 soccer player won the 110 high hurdles in 16.3 seconds and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 47.1 at the county meet. She also captured regional titles in the 110 hurdles (15.8) and the 300 hurdles (47.7). This was the second consecutive year she went undefeated in both events at the county and regional levels.

Kelly Zuknick, Archbishop Spalding, junior: This Cavaliers standout finished her first spring without torturous shin splints that hampered her last year. She shaved precious seconds off her personal records in the half-mile and 2-mile runs in winning Catholic League titles. A team captain the past two seasons, Zuknick usually trains with the boys squad, because coach Andy Witte wants to challenge her.

Pub Date: 6/04/99

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